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Resources for Land Use Courses


The Institute offers both “nuts and bolts” information about land use planning, as well as more in-depth information on specific sustainability policies and laws.


Understanding the Basics of Land Use and Planning Series

A series of resources designed to help California local officials in their efforts to plan and develop healthy communities that are socially, economically, environmentally and fiscally sustainable.


Sustainability Best Practices Framework

Click here to download the entire Sustainability Best Practices Framework.


Health and the Built Environment

Land use can influence health outcomes positively by presenting opportunities for healthy behavior or negatively by restricting access to healthy options. Key land-use characteristics that affect health include:

  • Patterns of land use within a community.
  • The design and construction of spaces and buildings within a community.
  • The transportation systems that connect people to places.

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